Due to current events we aren’t meeting young people face-to-face but we are still offering some of our services.

We are running a temporary digital mentoring service, an opportunity for a young person to chat to someone on the phone, please click here to sign up!

We are also holding ‘Time Out For Parents’ courses online, please click here for all the information and to show your interest!

FUTUREhope is a free, confidential service working holistically with young people aged 11-19 across Hertford and Ware.

Our primary goal is to empower young people to have hope for their future and reach their full potential through our four key areas of work.

Our mobile youth centre and purposeful detached work. Aiming to meet young people where they are at.

Working with schools (assemblies and tutor sessions) and through delivery of a range of small group work activities.

Provision of one-to-one work (long term relationships) through mentoring and counselling; and by providing support to parents.

‘our own’ through building up our volunteers, ensuring they are equipped and supported in their work and ‘others’ through supporting like-minded agencies who want to develop similar services.

If you would like to learn more about our work, then please explore the website or get in touch with us at the office.

FUTUREhope’s Values

FUTUREhope believes that every person is a valuable individual and should be treated with respect regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, belief, or ability.

We believe that every young person should have access to free and/or affordable support to help them grow and establish healthy relationships.

We believe that every young person has the right to freedom of choice and therefore has the right to be involved in the decision making process about the programme of help that is offered by FUTUREhope.

FUTUREhope is governed by a management board and is registered charity (Charity Number: 1186296).

Thanks for all your help – you have really supported me, I don’t know what I would have done without you.

– 18 year old homeless girl

I feel like I’m more open about everything and more confident in myself. I’m more open to talking about my issues.

– 16 year old girl

We have a small team of employed qualified staff and rely heavily on volunteers and sessional youth workers. All our volunteers are trained by us and all our team are DBS checked. Our volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work and we are truly thankful for all the hours they give.
Tim Simmonds
Tim SimmondsYouth Work Co-ordinator
Tim has been on the FUTUREhope team since 2010. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of FUTUREhope. So you probably might see him around Hertford and Ware.
Jane Ring
Jane RingSessional Worker
Jane has been volunteering for years and more recently been on our team as one of our sessional workers. Jane is involved in all of our work but recently she has led our work with Parents.

This group has been really helpful, I now have 2 friends I can trust and get support from.

– 13 year old girl

Tim is easy to speak to he understands your feelings. I didn’t understand how much this could change me as a person.

– 13 year old boy

SERVICES

Mentoring

Each young person is matched and paired with a mentor for support and encouragement.

We use a variety of tools in mentoring to cover topics like anger or money management through to strategies for coping in school/at home.

Over the course of the year our mentors build a strong relationship with their young person. Meetings take place in coffee shops, parks or our office with full parental or school consent.

Time Out For Parents

Over the past few years we have started to run groups for parents. Positive Parenting – Time Out for Parents courses from Care for the Family give common sense, jargon-free information and ideas to help you engage with your children and boost your relationship. We have run coursers focusing on The Teenage Years and also Handling Anger in the Family.

Mobile Youth Centre

We take our mobile youth centre out every Friday night in term time. We alternate between Hartham Common, Hertford and Priory Street, Ware.

We serve hot drinks/biscuits, have a games console and alcohol/drug information. Our team get into great conversations with young people that sometimes leads them into accessing our wider work.

We run summer bus in the holidays and maintain a presence at community events. More recently we have taken it into local schools in lunch time.

Detached

We occasionally go out and walk around Hertford and Ware in detached work – touching base with young people we haven’t seen for a while or meeting new young people and letting them know about FUTUREhope and the support we offer.

Schools

We work in schools providing up-to-date and relevant drug/alcohol education to all years of students, including assemblies and tutor group sessions.

Groups

We offer a range of different group work sessions covering Anger Management, Money Management, Self Esteem, Drugs/Alcohol Education with a Skills Workshop, Smoking Cessastion and many more. We run the groups when we have a group of people wanting to do them! To find out our next batch of group work then please get in touch.

Training

We offer training around drug and alcohol misuse and other relevant areas within the youth worker field.

Resources

We are also currently working on building up a resource library to support all our workers and volunteers. We are more than happy to share with other like-minded charities/organisations that work with young people.

Before you started helping my daughter with FUTUREhope she was about as far away from me as she could possibly be.

– Mother

Our funding comes from a variety of places. In the past we have received grants from Herts Police Authority Initiatives Fund, the Anchor Foundation, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Hertford Churches Together and Waitrose, as well as from many local churches in Hertford & Ware. Most years we also hold a fundraising event and we are also supported either on a monthly basis or with one-off donations by lots of individuals

These are the ways you can help us …

Giving us Stuff!

Once in a while we need items/resources for the office or the bus.

We currently need:

  • Reems of printer paper
  • Hot chocolate powder

Regular Giving

You can support us through regular donations by filling in a standing order form. Please download, complete and send it to the office. Anything from £5 to £500 means that we can plan ahead as we know what we have in the pot!

One-off donation

You can give us a one-off donation. You can simply send us a cheque made payable to ‘FUTUREhope’ to the office or click her to donate online.

Volunteering

All our volunteer mentors and youth workers on the bus are drawn from local churches. If you attend a local church and are interested in being a mentor or supporting our bus work, please get in touch.

CONTACT

If you want to know more or get some support then please get in touch on either our email or mobile.

Feel free to pop into our office (however we do recommend giving us a ring first!)

FUTUREhope
Pioneer Hall (Zoo Cafe)
11 Ware Road
Hertford
SG13 7DZ

…or come and see us at the Bus, every Friday night (8-10) in term time in either Hertford or Ware.

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